First records of thyme originate from the Mediterranean and this plant a member of the mint family. It has a potent and rich herbaceous aroma, and the name comes from the Greek word ‘thymos’ which means ‘to perfume.’
Depending on where the plant grows, various chemical elements of the plant oil can be distilled. For example, Linalool ct. Thymus Vulgaris is one of the best oils.
It is pleasant on the skin and can be used by children and the elderly. Another favorite oils are thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris c.t carvacrol, and thymus vulgaris ct. thymol.
According to Christine Ruggeri, CHHC:
“The oldest Egyptian medical text, called Ebers Papyrus, dates back to 1550 B.C., and it records the healing values of thyme.
The ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming, and the ancient Greeks used it in their baths and temples; they believed that it brought on feelings of courageousness.
In the European Middle Ages, thyme was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares; the herb was also laid on coffins during funerals because it was believed that it provided a safe passage to the next life.”
Mrs. Ruggeri added:
“Because the thyme plant is grown in many environments, climates, and soils, there are over 300 varieties with different chemotypes.
Although they all look the same, the chemical composition is different along with the corresponding health benefits.
The chief constituents of thyme essential oil typically include alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, para-cymene, alpha-terpinene, linalool, borneol, beta-caryophyllene, thymol, and carvacrol.”
The following are some of the properties of the most common thyme chemotypes, described in an article published on The Truth About Cancer website:
Thymus vulgaris ct thymol – Between 60-70 percent thymol, this chemotype has strong antiseptic properties. It has a high level of antioxidants, with strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.
Thymus vulgaris ct linalool – One of the gentlest of thyme chemotypes, it commonly grows at high altitudes and has potent antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol – Between 30-80 percent carvacrol (depending on when it is harvested), it also has potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving) and antioxidant properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct 1,8 cineole – Is 80-90 percent cineole, with an interesting array of benefits. It is a good expectorant (phlegm releaser), diuretic (increases the expulsion of urine), and analgesic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct thujanol – About 50 percent thujanol, this chemotype is known to support the immune system. It is found mainly in the wild, known commonly as Sweet Thyme.
Thyme oil has strong antibacterial antifungal, antiviral, diuretic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic qualities, so it strengthens the immune system, destroys microbes, and promotes the formation of white blood cells.
Thyme has a wast number of health benefits:
– Thyme boosts blood circulation to stimulate healing, improves memory and concentration, and increases blood pressure.
– Thyme powerful antibacterial qualities kill various bacteria, including staphylococcus, and cleans the air from Proteus, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and cryptococcal.
– Thyme fights respiratory diseases, coughs, colds, and the flu, bronchitis, sore throats, catarrh, asthma, and laryngitis.
– Thyme is a potent natural remedy in the event of psychological and physical weakness, as it revives the body and mind, so use it to treat chronic fatigue, depression, insomnia, and accelerate the recuperating after an illness.
– Its essential oil boosts the secretion of mucus and soothes dry coughs.
Moreover, this marvellous essential oil offers many other medicinal properties, such as:
It can be used as natural hand sanitizer, and in the form of a hot compress to relieve rheumatic pain, sciatica, sprains, muscular pains, sports injuries, and gout.
Thin it and apply it on the affected area to cure Athlete‘s foot, insect bites, and stings.
To promote the health and appearance of the hair, use it on your hair as a hair tonic.
Combine it with some other essential oil such as pine, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and grapefruit, and stop skin irritations.
It kills nail fungus.
The regular consumption boosts the DHA amount (docosahexaenoic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid) in the brain, kidney, and cell membranes in the heart.
Mix it with lavender, rosemary, and cedar wood in a jojoba and grape seed oils mixture, and massage the scalp daily, to treat alopecia.
Treats acne and warts, you can use it as a face wash.
Have a bath with several drops of this oil.
Use 1% solution as an antibacterial spray for fresh produce.
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